Copper Falls The Ghost Town
The “New” Copper Falls mine was undertaken on a large scale, marked by the sinking of 7 shafts and a 2350 foot adit driven into the base of the hill. Nearby another promising vein – the hill – would be worked in the same fashion. It too would be pierced with seven shafts, along with another massive adit driven into the base of the hill; this one over 6000 feet in length! By 1853 the new mine had matured and included it’s own 24 head stamp mill (located down at the base of the hill, near the Copper Falls adit) along with over 25 dwellings, two boarding houses, office, sawmill, and fully outfitted shops.
After a series of ups and downs including a massive stope collapse in 1874 that killed 7 men and a fire that destoyed the stamp mill in 1878 that forced the mine to stop production for a whole year, the Copper Falls mine still remained profitable for quite some time until falling copper prices and low returns would force the mine to close for good in 1901."
Excerpt taken from Copper Country Explorer
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